Roblox Licenses Death Sound Effect After Copyright Kerfuffle — Players Can Buy It Now

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As Roblox makes moves into virtual concerts, a licensing issue has removed the game’s ‘oof’ death sound.

The famous ‘oof’ sound that accompanies a death in Roblox has been temporarily removed. It will make a comeback as a microtransaction (correctly licensed) for players to buy for 100 Robux, or about $1 USD. The developer who originally created the sound will receive compensation from sales of the Roblox death sound.

The change only applies to players who build their own games within the Roblox platform. Players tuning in to watch virtual performances like Ava Max and Lil Nas X will not have to pay. Roblox says there are around two million game developers on its platform. The game also plays host to 150 million players active worldwide.

Roblox Death Sound – Who Created It?

The famous ‘oof’ sound was actually created for an entirely different game, almost 20 years ago. Tommy Tallarico created the game for an action title called Messiah. When the similarities of the sound were brought to his attention, he contacted Roblox developers last year.

“It was great that we were able to come to a resolution with Roblox, and they were very accommodating of the situation. It’s kind of funny to think that out of all the things I’ve done over my 32 years in the video game industry… that for a new generation of video game players, I’m now just known as the Oof guy.”

“It was great that we were able to come to a resolution with Roblox, and they were very accommodating of the situation. It’s kind of funny to think that out of all the things I’ve done over my 32 years in the video game industry… that for a new generation of video game players, I’m now just known as the Oof guy.

Roblox says it worked together with Tallarico on a fair solution to the Roblox death sound copyright issue – one that benefits both parties.

Tallarico will also create a sound effect kit for Roblox developers, with prices ranging from $10 to $250. Roblox is unique in that it allows users to create mini-games inside of it. They can buy assets within the game to create these virtual games and worlds.

This situation was resolved favorably, though similar situations in the past have not. Remember when Alfonso Ribeiro accused Fortnite of stealing his dances? He ended up dismissing those lawsuits with no compensation. Fortnite has since opened up to working with artists on creating online performances on its virtual stage.